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22 April 2012 @ 02:55 pm
Most--or possibly all--of you will have heard of the ORLY Owl.

Too cute. Look at that questioning gaze! You can't get one by this sloth, I'll tell ya.

Also, Neil Gaiman understands my way of life:

My mother and I just had a conversation about Dumbledore. "So, he took the Elder Wand from that boy he was in love with?" "Yep." "So he had that wand for a long time then. He had the Elder Wand and the Sorceror's Stone and..." "Yeah, the dude was loaded." "Seriously."

I am trying to figure out why so many authors say about fanfic that it shouldn't be written and that the writers should go put that energy into writing books. As if it is physically impossible to write original fic and fanfic at the same (approximate) time. Just like writers can't also write/play songs, make art, craft things... Creativity can only be expressed one way at a time ever! That's why a 'Renaissance (wo)man' is defined as 'someone who doesn't write fanfic.' (Also, el-oh-el at JKR only approving of PG-rated HP fanfic; she certainly wouldn't want to stumble into our corners of fandom.)

That is all for my brain at the moment. Back to catching up on LJ, watching Community and appreciating the sound of the rain.
?elsceetaria on April 22nd, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
That sloth is way too cute.

The second pic is awesome too. Dark is good.

Wow, PG only fic. . . hm. . . yeah.
Kiwi Crocus: Shoes || Blue laced.cranky__crocus on April 24th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
I want to be best friends with this sloth.

Wow, PG only fic. . . hm. . . yeah.
That sums it up, I think!
minervas_eule: laughminervas_eule on April 22nd, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
You find things !!.... that is really so entertaining - what a cute little guy *cuddle*
Kiwi Crocus: Seasonal || Snowing outside.cranky__crocus on April 24th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
I spend too much of my life on the Internet; that's why I find things. :B

Yes, that sloth is entirely cuddle-able! D'aaaawr.
lash_laruelash_larue on April 22nd, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
The sloth is so sweet!

As for the fanfic stuff, I maintain that it is impossible to write a truly original story unless you have never read at all, never seen a film or tv show, never, in fact interacted with anything or anyone whatsoever.

I do think that it might be "easier" to write something using characters that people are already invested in, and surely I respect the property rights of authors and would never try and make any money off of it.

But they do not own the thoughts and ideas that their characters generate in my mind, whether they like them or not. I will however refrain from sending HP smut to JKR.

As for writing "original" stories, a few go arounds having something you worked on for over a year rejected without even the courtesy of reading it makes reviews on FFN fairly easy to take.

PS: Original does not sell. Derivative does.

Kiwi Crocus: Women || Waterclad.cranky__crocus on April 24th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure it's that much easier to write fanfic - perhaps just because the setting/characters don't need to be invented - but the reception is much easier, and so the feedback is immediate and can be more in-depth since the readers understand the original work as well. I think it's very rewarding.

I certainly respect the property rights of authors and wouldn't try to make money off it, either. It seems to me that so many authors think fanfic writers are all out there plotting to write fanfic, publish it, and make money...when most of us just do it for the enjoyment of community and community writing/reading/celebrating. It's not about publication or making money; most of us would consider that going against the author, and would be shunned by the rest!

Yeah, I've never done anything with my original works. I just write them 'cause it's fun.

And if reviews/recognition can equate to money, then yes, I completely agree.
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: Hermione - readingrosaxx50 on April 22nd, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
That first GIF? Mine now thnx.

Lol at (most of) those authors' opinions. It particularly doesn't hold water when you consider that people like Sarah Rees Brennan used to be a fanfic writer, and Jennifer Lynn Barnes still writes fanfic though she's a published author. Also, ignore SMeyer, what does she know about channeling talent into a project?

Someone on LJ posted an interesting take on it:

Here's the thing. In fandom we often perceive the debate over the legitimacy of fanfiction as motivated by angry, possessive authors seized by ridiculous feelings of attachment to their characters, unable to understand that fanfiction is not actually a profound sin akin to adultery. Either that, or otherwise sympathetic authors haunted by the legal ghost of Marion Zimmer Bradley, fearful of litigation from an unscrupulous fan. Probably because those actually are the loudest voices.

But not everyone crying, "Intellectual property," is conjuring an ethical chimera or bowing to their fear of the law's misuse. Some of them are voicing a very real conceptual concern, hinted at when they start to talk about trademark and copyright laws intended to prevent someone from passing off a false product as that of the original author's. They are not making an irrelevant and specious comparison. (Some of the time, anyway.) They mean exactly what they say: they fear that fanfiction, unrestrained, could take the pure and true story they have given the world and change it in the eyes of the public. Because sometimes it actually can.

Here's an example fandom might be more interested in: where do you think certain Harry Potter fans got the idea that Blaise Zabini had to be white? Okay, yes, racism. But fanfiction probably helped convey it.

OP here. OP goes on to clarify she still thinks this viewpoint is wrong, but that this is what authors really fear (rather than copywrite claims).
Kiwi Crocus: Seasonal || Turquoise gift.cranky__crocus on April 24th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Maaaaaiiii sloth friend. But we can share and joint-snuggle.

Giggled at the SMeyer comment.

Yeah, I can see that point, even if I don't completely agree. Possibly because I'm never in the "main" fandom of any media, really--I'm always off in pockets with the supporting characters.

But I feel like the author still has absolute power, even if some things have become fandom traits. Like, in casting the film, casting Blaise as a young Black man: if there's a fandom stir-up, the author can still go, "Look, I wrote the character, it's all there in the book!" or even "My character, my casting" and fandom can deal.

Or maybe I'm just sore over the people-expecting-Rue-to-be-white thing, because I'm like, "Seriously?! IT WAS IN THE BOOK SO CLEARLY!"

Perhaps I've just lost my faith in America's ability to read.

But it still seems that fans are going to take a work how they're going to take it, even if they don't write fanfic of it; and if they talk about the work (which is actually what authors want - word of mouth) then that idea's gonna spread. Maybe fanfic does accomplish that faster. But in weighing the pros and cons for the author and for the fanfic writers, I still have to think fanfic is good. I could only hope that if I ever published things, it would get the attention of fanfic writers!